Foundational Unit                                                                        (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester Thursday evening


This unit will further the study of German for Theological and Biblical studies. It will address complex syntax structures as well as advanced grammar, and vocabulary specifically needed in translating academic texts.


(AL8031Y) Theological German A or equivalent knowledge of German language


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. translate complex sentences from German theological/biblical literature to English
  2. translate short passages of German texts that have been studied, as well as simpler unknown German texts, and answer comprehension questions on these texts
  3. demonstrate a knowledge of German vocabulary, in particular of theological and biblical terminology
  4. demonstrate an advanced understanding of German morphology and syntax
  5. use German dictionaries effectively.


Weekly tests- (equivalent to 1,000 words total) (40%); One three-hour exam at the end of the semester (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY * Books recommended for purchase

Coles, Waltraud, and Bill Dodd. Reading German: A Course Book and Reference Grammar. Oxford: OUP, 1997.

Manton, J. D. Introduction to Theological German: A Beginner’s Course for Theological Students. London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1971.

Mosse, Walter M. A Theological German Vocabulary: German Theological Key Words Illustrated in Quotations from Martin Luther’s Bible and The Revised Standard Version. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2006.

Siliakus, M. A. 500 German Theological Terms and Their Translations Together with 500 Useful Phrases. Adelaide, 1971.

* Wilson, April. German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German. Rev. ed. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.

Ziefle, Helmut W. Modern Theological German: A Reader and Dictionary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1997.

———.Dictionary of Modern Theological German. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1991.

* A major German-English dictionary, either:

Collins German Dictionary. Complete & Unabridged. 7th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2007.


Oxford-Duden German Dictionary. Edited by the Dudenredaktion and the German Section of the Oxford University Press Dictionary Department. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.